Responses of Forest Trees to Drought
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2015) | Viewed by 60101
Interests: functional wood anatomy and plant morphology; drought- induced tree mortality; topical plant diversity and ecology; aluminum accumulation and heavy metal uptake in plants
Climate change poses a serious risk to our forests and the ecosystem services they provide to society. Increased drought stress, in particular, is likely to be a key element driving climate effects on forests, even in places not currently limited by water availability. Expected changes in forest composition and function may be mediated by (1) direct effects of extreme levels of drought on tree species, (2) indirect effects through the interaction of other climate-related disturbances (e.g., wildfires, pathogens, forest pests), (3) the progressive mismatch between the ecological niche of tree species and their current distribution due to increased and more intense drought events, and (4) the interaction with ongoing changes in forest management and land use due to new social scenarios demanding different uses and services from forests. With this special issue of the journal Forests, special attention will be given to vulnerability of tree species to drought, both at the tree level and the resilience mechanisms at the forest population and community levels.
Prof. Dr. Steven Jansen
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- drought stress
- climate change
- forest vulnerability and resilience
- forest and tree mortality
- drought-related forest disturbances (including wildfires, native or introduced forest pests, pathogens)